Woman slams council over broken cover

PUBLISHED: 15:59 04 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:22 26 October 2009

Injured Chrystal at the broken manhole cover     (QU7E4216)

Injured Chrystal at the broken manhole cover (QU7E4216)

A WOMAN dropped almost 6ft as she plummeted through a drain which was left to 'rot'. Chrystal Mavrommati was left with a ruptured ligament in her ankle when she fell down the manhole on her street - Andrewsfield, on Panshanger, WGC. The 20-year-old told t

A WOMAN dropped almost 6ft as she plummeted through a drain which was left to "rot".

Chrystal Mavrommati was left with a ruptured ligament in her ankle when she fell down the manhole on her street - Andrewsfield, on Panshanger, WGC.

The 20-year-old told the WHT if it was not for her friends, Kelly Gray and Lenny Francis, who came to the rescue, the injury could have been a lot worse.

"I was walking from the car to my flat and I suddenly dropped. Luckily as I was falling I grabbed on to the side, which stopped me going the whole way down, then my friends helped me out of the hole.

Trapped

"If that was a child they would have gone all the way down and could have been trapped. Even worse if it was an elderly person they could have died with a fall like that."

Chrystal has only just moved into the area and will not be able to drive to her Cheshunt-based office for roughly two weeks.

And she has blasted Herts County Council for leaving it in such a mess.

She said: "The council has given me a terrible first impression.

"I'm absolutely disgusted in the condition of the manhole."

Kelly, 20, added: "I cannot believe the council just left the drain to rot.

"Thank God nothing more serious happened.

"I'm glad we were there to help, if we weren't, I don't know what would have happened."

A Hertfordshire Highways spokesman said: "The broken manhole cover was made safe on the day the incident was reported.

"The broken cover was cordoned off so that no one else could have a similar accident. The cover will be repaired within 28 days of the incident being reported.

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